As reported last month in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the first six months of 2014 saw more tech job creation than all of 2013, and this success isn’t just a number. This number translates to additional high-wage jobs, economic development and strong entrepreneurial spirit for the Sunshine State.
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During the 2014 session, Florida joined 23 other states in the legalization of cannabis for medical use by passing SB 1030. Although it was an aggressive step by the Legislature, the real litmus test for Florida will be determined in November, as voters cast their ballots on Amendment 2 to Florida’s Constitution.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and former Gov. Jeb Bush recently expressed concerns about Amendment 2 and the problems it could create by allowing large scale marijuana commercialization and sales in Florida, and added their voices to the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition.
Continuing to make waves across the state is the ongoing discussion over how to best meet Florida’s long-term water needs, including both the quality and quantity of this vital natural resource.
Recently, the Florida Chamber partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and attended America’s Small Business Summit in Washington D.C. The Summit, a gathering of small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country, shared the opportunities, challenges and solutions to issues facing small businesses throughout our nation.
It’s no secret Florida is a welcoming state. Our weather alone attracts more than 94 million visitors a year and our business friendly climate and zero personal income tax make starting a business, family or venture in Florida an easy choice. So it’s no surprise Florida CFO Jeff Atwater rose up to defend our great state when he wrote a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo comparing Florida to New York.
“The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to be supportive of putting our students first to help ensure their educational success,” said Edie Ousley, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Florida Chamber. “Allowing parents to choose the best education option for their children should take priority over union agendas.”
My friend and Florida Chamber of Commerce President Mark Wilson likes to say you should always plan with the end in mind, and Broward County has taken that to heart as a Six Pillars Community,” said Charlie Caulkins, Partner with Fisher and Phillips LLP, and Chair of the Broward Workshop
Before even opening their doors, Florida Polytechnic University’s main goal has echoed throughout our state, and mirrors the Florida Chamber’s 2030 and beyond planning focus: we must prepare Florida’s students for STEM-related careers.